13 Fascinating Facts About Me:
1. I have been an athlete all of my life. In high school I played volleyball, tennis, and I was on the dance team. I could have played volleyball or tennis at a small college, but I was very career driven and gave them up.
2. Despite growing up in Iowa, my dad was raised in Omaha and I grew up a HUGE Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. GBR!
3. If it weren’t for the cost of school, I would have stayed much longer and obtained a second degree in mathematics and added minors in history and broadcast journalism. Instead, I graduated in 3.5 years, while working 2 jobs throughout my college career.
4. My favorite form of working out is a class called TurboKick which I consider to be a cross between kickboxing and dance. I even made up my own TurboKick routine in my spare time.
5. I am ALWAYS cold. If you were to walk into the news studio on any given day there’s a 75% chance I would be covered in a blanket and still have a jacket on.
6. Despite the cold, I recently discovered my love for snowshoeing in the mountains. I find the adventure of climbing up and down the snow to get to a certain view to be absolutely incredible.
7. I have a wide range in musical taste. I have everything from country and christian contemporary to dubstep and alternative rock as well as much more all within one playlist.
8.I loved swimming so much as a child that I used to have a special breathing technique because I could hold my breath longer than anybody else. My senior year of high school I got bronchitis and have never been able to breath the same again.
9. I had a golden retriever named Jade while growing up. She was my best friend for almost 10 years and the most loyal canine I have ever met. I now have a weakness for any golden retriever that I see.
10. Thanks to help of Pinterest, cooking is now one of my favorite hobbies. I can make a mean pink champagne cupcake, even ask my coworkers.
11. Even in my 20s I still go through weird food phases. In 2015 I ate brown sugar oatmeal with two scoops of crunch peanut butter in it every day for five months.
12. There are a handful of movies I can watch over and over again without ever being tired of them. Bridesmaids, Burlesque, Taken, Red Dawn, Footloose, and Soul Surfer are just a few.
13. I used to dislike beer with all of my being but have developed a taste for it over the past couple years, in fact I am loving all of the breweries that Des Moines has to offer. Any suggestions?

Meteorologist Amber Alexander joined the Channel 13 First Alert Storm Team in December 2015. Before WHO, Amber worked at KNOP in North Platte, Nebraska where she was as a meteorologist and reporter.
Amber earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology/Climatology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a proud Husker. While at Nebraska she served as the secretary of the American Meteorological Society, Activities Director for the Nebraska Storm Chase Team and worked as an intern at the state climate office for two years. Amber first got her on-air experience by broadcasting for UNL’s student run newscast, Star City News. She was also an intern for KETV in Omaha, NE.
Amber has always loved storms, but discovered her new passion for meteorology while simply studying the material in the sixth grade. It was then that she decided she wanted to be a meteorologist.
Since she grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Amber is very happy to be back in Iowa and closer to her family. Although she is not a fan of the cold winters, Amber is excited to be in an area that has all types of weather conditions. However, she is most fascinated by severe weather. During her time at Nebraska she loved to storm chase. She even caught her first tornado in Solomon, KS on her first ever storm chase trip with fellow students in April 2012.
Amber is looking forward to growing in her forecast abilities and providing the best weather report she can for Central Iowa.


Recent Articles
  • Severe Weather Possible in Iowa Wednesday

    A complex of storms to the north and west will continue to push into northern Iowa this morning. These storms are intense but will continue to weaken as they move southeast. They will not be severe, but isolated thunderstorms will be possible, potentially impacting those riding in RAGBRAI between Ames and Newton. The timing of this first line will be before noon in NW Iowa and between 2 and 4pm for central Iowa. Another line of storms will form across […]

  • Severe Weather Possible in Central, Eastern Iowa Thursday

    A Slight Risk of severe weather is in place over central and eastern Iowa this afternoon. This means scattered severe storms with the potential of large hail, damaging wind, and localized flash flooding are possible in this area shaded in yellow. A stationary boundary sitting over the western side of the state will become a warm front as it pushes northeast this afternoon. This is where storms are expected to form. Because there were storms across the eastern side of […]

  • Record-Rainfall Totals in Some Iowa Communities

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Some record-rainfall impacted central Iowa communities Saturday night into Sunday morning causing major flash flooding. Check out some of the rain totals: Ankeny 10″ Saylorville 7.50″ Urbandale 7.32″ Windsor Heights 7.30″ Johnston 7.10 ” Alleman 6.92″ Pocahontas 2.50″ Hartford 2.75″ Adel 4.40″ Waterloo 2.48″ Grimes 5.45″ Marshalltown 2.50″ Ferguson 3.50″ Nevada 7.30″ Polk City 5.47″ Dallas Center 5.00″ Granger 3.88″ Waukee 3.71″ Altoona 3.71″    

  • Severe Storms Likely in Central and Southern Iowa Thursday

    Today brings yet another chance for strong to severe storms across the state of Iowa. Today specifically targets the I-80 corridor and south. A warm front has set up over southern Iowa and is expected to shift slightly north throughout the late morning and early afternoon hours. This will be the focal point for storms to form during the early afternoon. Mega Doppler-S Weather Warnings and Advisories Download the 13WarnMe App  Storms do have the potential to be severe. The […]

  • Evening Severe Weather Threat for Central, Southern Iowa

    Another round of strong to severe storms is expected to arrive in the metro Wednesday evening. The majority of Wednesday will be dry, but warm and humid. A cold front currently over NW Iowa this morning will be the focal point for this next round of storm later tonight. Those over northern Iowa have the lowest threat for severe weather as most of today will be cloudy with cooler temperatures following the cold front. Mega Doppler-S Weather Warnings and Advisories Download the […]

  • Winter Won’t Let Go: Iowa Seeing Hail, Sleet, and Snow

      A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 1 AM Thursday from Hwy 20 to the Iowa-Minnesota border. This is where travel conditions will be the worst with ice and several inches of snow expected to make roads slick. Those in purple (I-80 corridor to Hwy 30) are in a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 AM Thursday. Less snow is expected in this area, but road conditions will still deteriorate once rain changes to snow after the main morning […]

  • Severe Storms Possible in Iowa Friday, Winter Weather Returns Saturday

    The next storm system is set to impact the state of Iowa starting today. Friday A warm front sitting across northern Missouri will be the main factor contributing to the severe weather potential this evening. As of this morning the warm front is struggling to move to the north, keeping much of central Iowa cloudy and cooler. Should this warm front stay put, cloud cover will inhibit the amount of warming over central Iowa, thus reducing the chance for strong storms […]

  • Snow and Ice to Impact Travel Conditions

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until midnight for all of Iowa. Roads will be slick this evening and overnight with snow to the north and ice across central and southern Iowa. Light snow is moving across the state this morning. Northern Iowa will continue to see snow through the afternoon with snow totals between 1-3″. This afternoon will be a different story for central and southern Iowa.  As the temperatures higher up in the atmosphere start to warm, our precipitation […]

  • North Central Iowa Sees Most Snowfall

    Heavy snow fell over northern Iowa late last night, adding up to 11″ in Fort Dodge with over 6″ in many parts of Pocahontas, Sac, Hamilton, Hardin counties. The narrow band of snow central Iowa saw early yesterday afternoon quickly moved north and settled over the Hwy 20 corridor late last night. Because this horizontal swath of snow was moving along a fairly stationary boundary, it had little north or south movement. This made totals add up quickly as snow continued to fall over […]

  • Winter Storm Warning Issued as Heavy Snow Heads Toward Central Iowa

    Light snow will move into central Iowa during the afternoon Thursday as the next system begins to arrive. This system will be quite a bit different from the one we saw on Monday as snow is expected to fall over a much longer period of time and the wind direction and speed will be nearly opposite. A stationary boundary extending from Nebraska through Montana will transition into a very slow moving warm front Thursday. This front will start to lift […]

  • More Snow Ahead for Central Iowa Over the Next Few Days

    An active pattern at the upper levels is keeping several chances for snow in the forecast for Iowa. Another round of light snow is expected Wednesday night as the first wave pushes through. Most of this snow will fall after 10:00 p.m. and before sunrise with snow totals mainly under an inch. Impacts on the roadways will be minimal. Mega Doppler-S Download the 13WarnMe app The second wave will be Thursday into Friday which looks to be the system with the greatest impact […]

  • Wind Chill, Blowing Snow Remain Threats for Thursday Night

    Snow is ending across the state and snow totals are on the low side. So far the highest snow total reported is around 2.0″ in Webster City with 0.6″ at the Des Moines Airport. The main threats will be blowing snow and wind chill tonight. The wind will be NW at 20-30 mph which is expected to cause reduced visibility during the afternoon today. Mega Dopper-S Weather Alerts Weather Related Closings Download 13WarnMe App The cold temperatures are the other […]